There is something about everything retro that I just can’t resist! I like products that evoke a deep sense of nostalgia in us and take us back to the 80s. As innovative and futuristic gadgets are today, we sometimes want to escape all modernism and immerse ourselves in the simplicity of the past. To help you experience it, we’ve curated a collection of retro-inspired gadgets that promise to take you back in time, and they’re made especially for your home! From a Nixie tube table clock to a retro-inspired minimal radio, this collection of gadgets is the perfect little retro addition to your living space! While these gadgets are wonderfully retro, they have been infused with modern functionality. Their aesthetics may be from their past, but their usefulness is rooted in the future. Enjoy!
The Nextube is a product of this cultural comeback, but builds on today’s technology. It mimics the raw, retro appeal of Nixie tubes, but given the rarity of these tubes (since they stopped production in the 90s), the Nextube uses a clever set of mini LED screens encased in evacuated glass tubes. . Complete with a neat walnut wood base and brass trim, the Nextube looks like something out of an 80s lab on your desk. The steampunk gadget comes with 6 individual displays that show the time as well as the weather, in this gloriously vintage nixie inspired glowing font. Its primary function is that of a table clock and an alarm, however, the 6 mini screens can be programmed to display virtually anything from the weather to your YouTube subscriber count to the price of your crypto. – preferred currency, or even a countdown timer for a pre-set date / time.
Meet RMV – a turntable designed to mix retro and modern vibe, hence the initials! By combining the hub of the past and modern technology, RMV brings together the past and the present in a naturally harmonious way. This design allows users to experience both analog and digital sensitivities unique to the turntable. It allows you to listen to music using cell phones, headsets and speakers via bluetooth. RMV is no heavier than the traditional turntable and every CMF detail has been carefully chosen to ensure it fits almost any interior setup. Its aesthetic pursues spatiality and morphological sophistication with a minimal design.
Dadaism J’s desk radiator wears a glossy retro finish and takes on a vertical cylindrical shape to easily fit any desk in any office. Dadaism J Portable Desktop Heater is a hardwired device that works the same as traditional heaters, by simply plugging the desk heater cord into the wall, the device disperses hot air around the room. Integrated inside the main compartment of the desk radiator, thermal coils convert electrical energy into heat, sending it through the diagonal plastic radiator grille. Throughout the construction of Desk Heater, minimalist accents like the grille give the device a finished look. Desk Heater echoes the design language of retro 50s household appliances with its smooth, glossy finish, but packs the heat with an intuitive control panel suited for today.
On the retro wave, Retio, an all-in-one retro radio, bluetooth speaker and clock with a simple, sophisticated and steampunk-inspired design. Handcrafted in California, the Retio comes with a walnut wood body surrounded by a brass accent, fabric front cover, beautifully knurled brass knobs, and the Retio’s main piece, a handcrafted display stand. from four genuine vintage Nixie hits! A coat rack of the words Retro and Radio, Retio focuses on the sheer beauty of artifacts from decades past. It dates back to a simpler time, but features the incredibly complex 70-year-old Nixie tube technology that remains just as captivating even today. The tubes are real vintages, built over 30 years ago but kept in perfect condition.
The new JBL SA750 takes me back to the audio system on the downstairs floor of my childhood home, clad in aluminum with teak wood veneer side panels and stainless steel wrapped control knobs for responsive adjustment. JBL’s SA750 offers a softer upgrade over the audio giant’s amplifiers from the 60s and 70s. Most of the front panel of the SA750 retains the original interface of the dials and buttons of the 600 and 660 models. SA of the late 20th century, however, some key differences were made in order to accommodate modern technology. By doubling the SA600’s single audio jack for two, one for headphones and one for an auxiliary cord, the new JBL SA750 offers options for solo and group listening. The new hi-fi amplifier is also designed for Apple AirPlay 2, Google Chromecast or UPnP connectivity and can transition between MC and MM to generate the signal for users wishing to plug in their preamp.
Jiujiu Hu’s Baseus Personal Refridgerator concept certainly falls into the aesthetic category, but that doesn’t prevent us from liking it less! With a form factor that fuses an almost Android design with that of a retro TV, this portable personal refrigerator is here to serve us, literally. The heat of summer is upon us, anything cold or chilled is in demand. This cute robot-like design with its shiny reflective surface (it really only needs big eyes to make us fall in love even more) and its leather strap is a much cooler alternative to the cooler or cooler boxes. old one that we carry around everywhere (can you imagine how much cooler Netflix and chill would be with that by your side?).
There’s this thing with vinyl, only someone with a collection – big or small – would know. Yes, glorious sound is one of them and you will agree, but it’s just the tip of the iceberg. It’s actually the overall experience with those fragile recordings that you just can’t get enough of. If you know what we mean, you would be anything but drawn to the fine lines and details of this luxurious gramophone. You would like to have one to play with your collection! Designed by Moiless, a studio that believes design is like writing a novel – it’s about telling a story and expressing feelings. The workshop thrives on designing and crafting emotional objects and its record player does just that for fanatics who cherish the conventional way of replaying the sound of music. Featuring a seamless design, it’s built into a wooden stand, which houses a speaker system right under the player, and has an opening for stacking your vinyl collection underneath.
The Split Drum washing machine has three separate sections, so you can wash all your so-called “tie-in” clothes in one load. The boards are also removable for more flexibility. After all, not everyone has an equal ratio of dark, light, and white clothes in their closet. In addition to solving a problem that has been bothering young adults for years, the Split Drum is very pleasant to watch. The white color and gold accents give the machine a bright but retro-inspired feel which I think matches the personalities of many young professionals. The Split Drum is not a device that will be hidden away in a basement – because what 20-year-old can afford a two-story apartment?
Sporting an adorable square shape, the R1 Deluxe Bluetooth radio has a very retro charm, however, its functionality is deeply rooted in the present. Equipped with the latest OLED display, the screen shows the song you are listening to, the time and all the alarm details you set. No matter which angle you can see it from, the screen is always readable, maintaining its readability in any position. Brightness can be adjusted as you need. What makes stereo even more interesting is its RotoDial controller! Radios usually tend to come with a bunch of dials and buttons, however Ruark Audio’s trademark RotoDial eliminates the need for multiple buttons, allowing easy access and control of the radio.
Designer Jieun Jeong hit the nail on the head with the YouTube Radio concept. I’m interested in categories and channels, as well as the randomness of the choices YT intuitively plays to me. And that’s one of the key features of this concept. Designed as an analog radio, YouTube radio provides an interface that broadcasts content through sound. Taking inspiration from the YT icon as well as TVs and radios from the 70s and 80s, we have a device with a radio, dial, pen, buttons and stand.